The Knocks - Magic EP

Whilst we may have been premature by including The Knocks in our 2011 Tips list, their latest six-track EP proves that we weren't wrong to hype up the New York producer duo. Stressed out? Stick on Magic and let it relax you with its six slabs of finely polished dance pop that are infectiously joyous and perfectly crafted for maximum enjoyment.

Smartly, it's not all one-tone either. Recent single 'Brightside' is bright, euphoric and destined for festival fields, 'All We Got' slows the tempo and adds a (slightly) darker edge with its muffled, echoed vocals that proves a welcome contrast to the sugary pop and unashamedly disco 'R.O.Y.L.' Whatever the duo turn their hand to though, they never fail to come up with at least one big hook and ensure that their brand of dance anthems appeals to anyone and everyone; the sheer energy and upbeat tone can't fail to turn the most ardent critic. Their full-length - due in September - cannot come quick enough.

Overall

7

out of 10

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